|By Sarasosta Photography / Jaye Clements ~|
|Summertime fun is in full swing at Siesta Key Beach! With school right around the corner everyone’s getting their beach time in before it’s back to the books!|
|SIESTA KEY EVENTS|
|Siesta Beach Hosts Pro/Amateur Beach Volleyball Tourney
By Trebor Britt
654 Pro, Amateur and Junior beach volleyball players participated in the “Dig The Beach Volleyball Series” tournament on spectacular Siesta Beach the weekend after the 4th of July holiday. Although many people travel over the holiday, Tournament Director, Diogo Sousa thought the reason behind the overwhelming participation was that many players consider coming to play on Siesta Beach a family vacation. Thousands of dollars in prize money is awarded to top men’s and women’s Pro Division winners. Adult and Junior players each have their choice of four amateur divisions as well as divisions for Pro and Co-Ed teams.
This year’s volleyball series is supported by AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals,) Wilson volleyball, Cora Physical Therapy, ROX Volleyball, Body Armor Sports Drink and more. Sousa said, “Sarasota County and Siesta Key Beach do an exceptional job and we are very grateful to be allowed to have this event here.” Founded in 1991, the Dig the Beach Series is the longest standing and largest series of its kind in the United States.
The Dig the Beach Volleyball Series is the most established and successful grassroots series of its kind. Since 1992 they have catered to both professional and amateur players. This tour has graduated some of the top professionals on the Domestic & World Tours. Annually the series makes eight stops throughout Florida from April through August. Each tournament features two-person teams in Adult & Juniors divisions. (Source help: www.digthebeach.com)
|Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce events
“The Siesta Key Chamber had their June Business Card Exchange at Siesta Key Beach Concessions thanks to host Warren LaBonte. Guests enjoyed a fun and interactive drumming demonstration from Erik Dunton and Kim Scott at Positive RePercussions. Also, Brian Wigelsworth from The Sandventure Crew sculpted a beautifully detailed elephant for everyone to enjoy.”
|The 4th of July viewing area party was greatly affected by the rain. We aren’t sure how many people actually showed; maybe 100? We sold about 400 wristbands.
We exceeded are goal of $50,000 for the fireworks and various other expenses.
“The Siesta Key Chamber would like to thank the Fireworks Committee, Sarasota County staff at Siesta Key Beach, the Sheriff’s Department, EMS personnel, SRQ Vets, volunteers and the Zambelli crew for an unforgettable 4th of July! Mother Nature kept us on our toes but the fireworks went off without a hitch. We sincerely appreciate all of the local businesses and individuals whose generous donations make the fireworks possible.”